The last two holidays we have received a catalog of gift ideas for third world and US entrepreneurs. We work with technology entrepreneurs everyday. However, purchasing a few chickens, a sewing machine or school backpacks can make a world of difference for some. I marvel at the need for a simple under $50.00 items such as school supplies, food and farming equipment that could transform lives. that could catapult a child’s dream to be educated. Or perhaps it’s the water filter that could save dozens of lives for just $50.00. A mosquito net for $10.00 or possibly a few chickens and goats for a single mother eager to make a living. There’s also relief and medical funs. These are not items you find in the deluxe Neiman Marcus holiday catalog. Yet, to us more compelling, meaningful and fulfilling gifts.

We encourage you to look at www.worldvision.org and other organizations offering healthy alternative giving solutions. Last year we sponsored school supplies for 25 children and dozens of abused teens. A small appreciation for the quality of life we have living and working in the technology industry. It is also a friendly reminder not to take ourselves too seriously in the techno land. Giving hope to young minds could ultimately facilitate global entrepreneurs that might otherwise be unnoticed. The next security, social media or medical genius could be a small check away.

We encourage you to look at www.worldvision.org and other organizations offering healthy alternative giving solutions. Last year we sponsored school supplies for 25 children and dozens of abused teens. A small appreciation for the quality of life we have living and working in the technology industry. Also a means to remind ourselves not to take our selves to seriously. Giving hope to young minds could ultimately facilate global entreprenerus that might otherwise be unnoticed. The next security, social media or medical genius could be a small check away….so be inspired even during an economic downturn…we still have a lot more than most countries.